flagrante delicto

adverb (1)
fla·​gran·​te de·​lic·​to | \ flə-ˌgrän-tē-di-ˈlik-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce flagrante delicto (audio) , -ˌgran-\

Definition of flagrante delicto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

in flagrante delicto

adverb (2)
in flagrante de·​lic·​to | \ ˌin-flə-ˈgrän-tē-di-ˈlik-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce in flagrante delicto (audio) , -ˈgran-\

Definition of in flagrante delicto (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in the very act of committing a misdeed : red-handed
2 : in the midst of sexual activity

Examples of flagrante delicto in a Sentence

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But if Hannah's pervy admirer had caught the ladies in flagrante delicto, would the invasion of her privacy seem less sinister? Nico Lang, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's No Such Thing As A Slut," 10 Apr. 2017 She is discovered there, more or less in flagrante delicto, by Kevin (Maki Borden), an old schoolmate, now a Dairy Queen employee who is addicted to Dungeons and Dragons and working on a novel about witches. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Inanimate,’ a Forbidden Love Dares to Speak Its Name," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of flagrante delicto

Adverb (1)

1826, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (2)

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flagrante delicto

Adverb (2)

Medieval Latin, literally, while the crime is blazing

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flagrante delicto

adverb or adjective
fla·​gran·​te de·​lic·​to | \ flə-ˈgrän-tē-də-ˈlik-tō, -ˈgran-; flä-ˈgrän-tā-dā-ˈlēk-tō\

Legal Definition of flagrante delicto

: in the very act of committing a misdeed was caught flagrante delicto also : in the midst of sexual activity

History and Etymology for flagrante delicto

Medieval Latin, literally, while the crime is blazing

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a strong desire or propensity

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